Grants Pass, Oregon

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Grants Pass is a city in, and the county seat of Josephine County, Oregon, United States.[3] The city is located on Interstate 5, northwest of Medford. Attractions include the Rogue River, famous for its rafting, and the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument located 30 miles (48 km) south of the city. The population was 23,003 at the 2000 census, with an estimated population of 33,225 on July 1, 2009.[4]

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History

Early Hudson's Bay Company hunters and trappers, following the Siskiyou Trail, passed through the site beginning in the 1820s. In the late 1840s, settlers (mostly American) following the Applegate Trail began traveling through the area on their way to the Willamette Valley. The city states[5] that the name was selected to honor General Ulysses S. Grant's success at Vicksburg, however no evidence has been offered to support this claim. Grants Pass post office was established on March 22, 1865. The city of Grants Pass was incorporated in 1887, a year after it had become the county seat.[citation needed]

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